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Isostatic movement of the continents due to loading and unloading occurs over timescales of thousands of years.
Data from Topex and Jason have clearly shown a GMSL rise over the last 20 years (although not an acceleration) but local sea levels will be affected by both the eustatic thermal expansion due to changes in the oceans thermal vertical profile and geoidal-eustatic changes due to changes in ice masses.
There are many different things going on and we can't yet model them all.
Thankfully for them lots of other people have invented it too.
Should we care?
Maybe, maybe not.
While current estimates of change (50cm (ish) sea level rise, increases in precipitation and extreme weather events) pose a level of risk the problem is the uncertainty of triggering one of 736 doomsday scenarios e.g. collapse of the West Antarctica Ice Sheet, disrupting the ocean conveyor, methane clathrate release, in which case we could be royally f**ked.
Does straight to DVD count?
If so War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave is definitely a contender.
Quite frankly how anyone can even get away with using the name and making something this terrible (check out the imdb user reviews) without being taken out and shot etc. is beyond me.
Even Battlefield Earth seems Oscar worthy next to this!
For something this size it will probably have a yield of between 100 to 1000 megatons, a 3km crater and a land impact would destroy a large urban area (e.g. New York/Tokyo/London).
Of course the chances of it hitting a major population zone are slim, a more likely oceanic impact would create a sizeable tsunami that, depending on its location, could affect a considerable number of people.
Does this mean that...
Using my powers of deduction it seems the Russians are intent on wiping out the population of Cardiff with some sort of mutated HIV bio weapon.
RE: balanced reporting
Have to love the fact that on the New Scientist article discussing this (http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21203-climategate-2-hacked-emails-released.html) the second story down in the more news box is 'CO2 may not warm the planet as much as thought' (http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21212-co2-may-not-warm-the-planet-as-much-as-thought.html).
Of course this research "omes from considering just one climate model, and unless it can be replicated".
This shit just goes round and round doesn't it.
So your telling me a company called "Cyberdyne" actually exists and it makes robotic suits. Surely this is not a good idea!
Has to be...
John-Paul S interpretation of Moore's Law. It almost sounds like it makes sense without being overtly wrong or stupid, definitely warrants being tried out on some sophisticos.
I assume Prisms weren't included in your GCSE/O-Level syllabus then.
I saw this yesterday and it was on another site as well, politifi.com. I just went back to check and it seems as if it has been changed although the google cache still shows the page as of yesterday:
Very strange yet appropriate.
Does this mean......
....that we should start preparing for the toilet paper gap?
Ummm, does anyone know what time this is happening tomorrow. I only ask because I have exams and don't really want to spend all night revising only to find the world being destroyed around me before I even get a chance to sit them.
My time could be much better spent drinking beer and something like that is just going to annoy me.
Lots of rocks...
Surely lots of small rocks are better than one big one. If you had the choice between getting shot in the chest with either a large calibre (.50) handgun or a shotgun I would assume the chances of survival favour the latter.
If a plus Vatican sized object was to hit then your looking at world wide destruction, extending the impact area with multiple catherdrals may only destory North America.
Even if it does end up destroying the planet aren't the most important questions:
1. How much warning will I get?
2. Is this enough time to get round to my girlfiends, with a few minutes to spare?
Screw artillery sheel
I think you will find the over shoulder gantry has been designed to mount a minigun, Predator style.
Or maybe one on each side to balance it out.
Exactly how large is the carbon footprint for producing the solar charger anyway? Considering its design, construction and transportation to the end user, how many of these need to be sold/used in order to see any positive net gain in total carbon reduction?
Do other US surface vessels like Cruise and Destroyers also run off jet fuel?
The other limit of a carrier battle group is the fact that these vessels must also be refueled and technology like this could go a long way to improving their independence and reduce the need to rendezvous with tankers during combat situation.
Just a thought.
The real question is...
If they don't use it, can I have it?
I don't know how much it would cost, but having your own raygun totting jumbo jet has got to command some serious respect.
Plus it would look lovely in my volcano lair.
How does the accelerometer measure your "performance" exactly. Do you tuck it between your arse cheeks?
A very simple solution
I propose that we have two separate electricity supply networks.
The first is mainly nuclear based, for all those who want as much electricity as the they can get all of the time, its supply of uranium will come form invading third world countries and eventually strip mining the moon.
The second network is only powered through non fossil fuel renewable energy sources for those that don’t mind having a limit on the amount of electricity they use and suffering from power outages but keeps their conscience clean.
Strange sales figures seeing as there haven't been any decent games released for the 360 this year.
As for NATAL, el Reg hates NATAL and everything it represents but when it revolutionises the gaming industry I will be standing outside of their offices gloating and laughing at them.
If it doesn't.....well who cares.
Feynman is one of my favourite physicists and I will be defintely be watching these later tonight.
Who cares that I have to install "another" piece of software to run it, turns out it was already installed anyway.
In the words of The Fast Show
You gotta have a system
Work shirts are on a rotation system and trousers are choosen to match the shirt except that they cant be worn on two consecutive days.
Leisure wear consists of favourite pairs of jeans and shorts on a rotation policy plus t shirts of multiple colours depending on either my mood or what is clean.
You got to keep it simple.
Took me a minute...
...to remember where I had seen this before. DARPA as just copying ideas from Star Wars.
This is just a World Devastator.
"The world devastators were designed from ground based walking construction droids, which use a molecular furnace to 'consume' and remake debris and other items into useful/new constructions."
"This was believed to be linked to "unnatural light at night affecting levels of hormones such as melatonin and estrogen"
Is not the more obvious reason here the fact that people living in areas with high light pollution are living in the most developed areas. The same developed areas that will also contain much more of every other sort of pollutant possible, from vehicle exhaust fumes to chemically processed foods to electromagnetic radiation.
Obviously not no, obviously a little bit of extra unwanted light at night is going to fuck us all up and destroy the world!
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